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South Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership

Transportation Planning in MnDOT District 7

What is an Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)?

MnDOT created area transportation partnerships (ATPs) to emphasize greater public involvement in the preparation of transportation plans and programs. There are eight ATPs in Minnesota (one for each MnDOT District area).

Background

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 gave the states more flexibility in determining transportation solutions and required the development of a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users continues this flexibility.

MnDOT responded by decentralizing the program decision-making process to a more regional level (i.e., the districts). The Area Transportation Partnerships were established by each district to facilitate broader input to the project selection process. ATP-7 covers the 13 counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.

Current project maps

ATP-7 operating procedures and policies

2017-2020 STIP Target Guidance

2016-2019 STIP

Capital Highway Investment Proposal - State Highways (CHIP)

Statewide information

Membership

Members of ATP-7 include:

    • 4 MnDOT District 7 representatives
    • 2 Regional Development Commission representatives
    • 4 County representatives
    • 3 City (more than 5,000 population) representatives
    • 2 Transit representatives
    • Mankato / North Mankato Area Planning Organization representative  

MnDOT is responsible for staff support of the ATP-7.

Transit Mankato / North Mankato Area Planning Organization
Bob Apitz, Brown County Heartland Express
507-354-8246
Mark Anderson, 
City of Mankato Heartland Express
507-387-8655
Chris Frederick, 
City of Mankato, 507-382-7299
Alt. Seth Greenwood, 
Nicollet County,
507-931-1760
Cities
Steve Koehler, P.E., New Ulm City Engineer
507-359-8245
Fred Salsbury
City of Waseca
507-835-5080
Jeff Johnson, 
City of Mankato
507-387-8640

Alt. Mike Kuhle

City of Worthington

507-372-7774

Counties
Darrell Pettis, 
Le Sueur County Engineer, 
507-357-2251
David Henkels, Jackson County Commissioner 
507-847-4182
JinYeene Neumann,
Cottonwood County Engineer 
507-831-1389
Jack Kolars,
Nicollet County Commissioner
507-327-9987
Regional Development Commission (RDC)
Matt Widboom, Southwest RDC 
507-360-6632
Terry Genelin, 
Region 9
507-665-6613
Alt. Annette Fiedler, Southwest RDC 
507-836-8547
Alt. Samuel Parker
Region 9
507-389-8886 
MnDOT
Lisa Bigham, Planning Director, 
507-304-6195
Gordon Regenscheid, Asst. District Engineer
507-304-6105
Greg Ous, District Engineer
507-304-6101
Chad Fowlds, Asst. District Engineer
507-304-6102

Activities/Schedule

Each year, ATPs develop an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) to incorporate into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). ATIPs, which span a minimum of four years, include all projects that seek federal aid highway, state trunk highway, and federal transit sources of funding.

To distribute the funds, a Statewide Performance Program allows Minnesota to meet performance targets on the National Highway System.

ATP-7 solicits projects for:

  • Surface Transportation Program (small urban and rural road and bridge; and transit capital)
  • Transportation Alternatives Program (within a statewide framework)

These projects are ranked by categories with set investment targets, and then integrated into the four-year ATIP. Project categories include:

  • National Highway System
  • State roads and bridges
  • Rural county roads and bridges
  • Small urban (more than 5,000 population) city streets and bridges
  • Transportation alternatives
  • Transit capital

Schedule of activities

  • November–January: Solicit projects
  • February: Evaluate and prioritize projects
  • March: Draft ATIP
  • April: Public comment and review period
  • May: Submit draft ATIP to MnDOT Central Office
  • June: Draft STIP review and comment
  • July: STIP approval by Commissioner

See timeline (PDF)